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TAKE A WILD GUESS

Durations:
long version: 9:30

short version: 5:10

 

string quartet & soundtrack

sax quartet & soundtrack

 

bass & drums parts ad lib.

 

Written 2007 for Ethel with financial support from the FPK. premiered May 7 2008 at Tribeca New Music Festival NYC. Revised 2009. The Wall Street Journal wrote: !JacobTV's new work makes hip-hop look sedate'.

Take a Wild Guess is the continuing story of Grab it!, which I wrote in 1999, based voices from inmates, about life behind bars

The short version was part of CITIES CHANGE THE SONGS OF BIRDS, the first speech melody video opera by JacobTV.

 

video: Ethel live at the Flea, May 7 2008

 

Take a Wild Guess ( lyrics long version)

see that wall over there?

see that wall over there?

when your mind is drifting over them 30 foot walls when you"re thinkin" about who is with your girl

when 3 guys will slide in your cell

wrap your ass up in that blanket

and I don"t care how tough u think you are

or how strong u might be

they"re gonna kick your ass on the side of that bed and do bodily harm to your asshole by stickin" a dick in see that wall over there?

and I know you like it spittin" in your motha fuckin" face my motha fuckin" way

something"s funny? huh? yeah, yeah, can"t hear ya

something"s funny with you?

but this is what you clowns want

and then a person a day to day living in one of these stinkin" joints ah man, I ain"t about that bull shit

I"m in this stinkin" cess pool 10 years clown

yeah huh? can"t hear ya

you, tough guy: take a wild guess, huh? but this ain"t...

3 guys just ripped me off

and you come back with the cop

and when you stick "em you kill "em

not that they care about that guy you killed

when you get there you get ripped off

how much money did you get?

what did you get the first time you got busted? huh?

how did you feel?

you can!t talk huh? I said: how did you feel?

cry the people that cry the people that motha fucka living because you motha fucka come back from you s...

fuck motha I stay fuck motha I stay

now that!s how they should go

I know you like it spittin! in your motha fuckin! face

my motha fuckin way

what? "cause if I tell you get on I break your fuckin!

now pick them up look at them right

what did I say motha fucka?

what? hurry up! what? what? do sit!

 

 

God damn what did I say m f ?

you see that white guy? that black guy?

and you come back with the cop

see these 3 guys that ripped you off?

yeah they gonna go to the hole for 40 or 60 days

and then they!ll be back in population

so what do you do: one: you go to the cop, you say:

officer, 3 guys just ripped me off

and you come back with the cop

one day you!re layin! on your blanket

when your mind is drifting over them 30 foot walls

when 3 guys will slide in your cell

wrap your ass up in that blanket

and I don!t care how tough u think you are

or how strong u might be

they!re gonna kick your ass on the side of that bed

and do bodily harm to your asshole by stickin! a dick in

and if they wanna give me these 3 bitches right here well I tell ya: I will leap over like a kangaroo

and I!m gonna die in this stinkin! joint

you tough guy: take a wild guess

get out her! get off that fuckin! bed

you think you can? keep tryin! me man

you!re about troublin! them off

somebody is tryin! to give you something

hurry up! that!s the trouble with you clowns

in the 10 years I!ve been asking a 1000 guys come to this what?

any one of youse wanna impress them how tough you are?

well impress them with me! you got a problem man?

will cut you ass from a to z

they kill'em, nobody bothers him, time took time took time

smoke drink smoke just ham young ham he had a homocide to go with him, so he went out to snatch a pocket

so he was adjusted - ladies a ciga - you probably all read about it?

it was in all the papers

and now you!re switching your ass up and down and hussling cigarettes for your man

you!re gonna wash his drawers and socks

and if he wants some head:

you will give it to him, my motherfuckin! way!

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